2013 National Conference on Ending Homelessness
CONFERENCE REGISTRATION IS CLOSED!
Due to the record-breaking number of registrations, we have been forced to close registration early.
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While challenges to progress mount, it will take even greater skill, determination and commitment to achieve our goal of ending homelessness.
People who work on homelessness, in cities and towns and rural areas, in state and federal capitals, have faced the worst economy in many decades. We have confronted indiscriminate cuts in federal funding even while levels of poverty, rent burden and housing instability continue to rise. Ambitious commitments on the part of some federal decision makers have been threatened by partisan rancor and disagreement.
And yet in many communities across the nation, the number of people who are homeless has gone down – sometimes substantially. And nationally, we have forestalled an increase in the number of people living on the streets and in shelters.
How has this happened?
The network of local and state-level providers, activists and planners has done amazing work, bringing better focus and efficiency to systems and services for people who are homeless or at risk.
Government has been a partner, prioritizing spending on effective models of housing homeless people, channeling scarce funding in that direction, sharing information, and focusing on what works and on the goal of ending homelessness. Philanthropy has played an increasing role, supporting innovation, financing change, and expanding adoption of best practices.
Every month, every day, a new innovation arises from people working around the country. We are in the middle of important developments that are bringing an end to homelessness for thousands of Americans every year, and progress can be made – if we seize the opportunity.
New resources and strategies will provide the opportunity to end veteran homelessness – if they are deployed effectively.
Progress can still be made on ending chronic homelessness among individuals and families – if the most vulnerable people get the permanent supportive housing units.
Despite the lack of affordable housing, a dent can be made in family homelessness – if rapid re-housing is used to get people back into housing, and linked to necessary services.
Improved outcomes can keep us on track with our goals – if coordinated assessment and entry are used both to figure out what people need, but also to ensure that there are programs in place to meet those needs.
We can finally begin to make progress on youth homelessness – if we engage mainstream child welfare and family intervention programs in addition to a strengthened homeless youth infrastructure.
Now we are in the year of sequestration, with federal programs cut to the bone. It will be especially important to do the most with the resources at hand. Everyone working on this problem will need to circulate the best ideas and techniques, and to encourage each other, share and celebrate our successes, and prepare for what’s ahead. And at the same time it will be critical to make sure that federal policymakers know the impacts of their decisions, and to get them focused on solving this problem that America should not have.
The National Conference on Ending Homelessness is where we come together to make it happen. We invite everyone involved in this issue, everyone who wants to help, to join us in July in Washington DC.